Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Mel Kiper Jr. mock 4.0: Two rounds!
By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. has produced a two-round mock draft this week. Let's dive in, knowing that the entire file requires an Insider subscription and that you should be eternally grateful to me for lifting the NFC North-relevant information for you.
3. Minnesota Vikings
Mel's picks: USC offensive lineman Matt Kalil. Second round: Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith
Seifert comment: Smith is a borderline first-round pick. Getting a starting safety at the top of the second round would be nice value. As for Kalil, Mel remains in the camp that refuses to overthink the Vikings' choice at No. 3.
19. Chicago Bears
Mel's picks: Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus. Second round: LSU receiver Rueben Randle
Seifert comment: Most mockers have dropped away from the idea of the Bears selecting a receiver in the first round, partially because Notre Dame's Michael Floyd figures to be long gone by No. 19. A lineman for either side of the ball seems reasonable, and getting Randle in the bottom third of the second round seems like a good value.
23. Detroit Lions
Mel's picks: Stanford offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. Second round: Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson
Seifert comment: Both players make sense as far as needs go. Johnson has gotten a lot of publicity in this draft despite playing at Montana. You would think he would have an immediate chance to start. Martin would get a year behind Jeff Backus.
28. Green Bay Packers
Mel's picks: USC linebacker Nick Perry. Second round: Nebraska defensive lineman Jared Crick
Seifert comment: Defense, defense, defense. It's also notable that Mel didn't feel compelled to draft Wisconsin center Peter Konz for the Packers. I agree on that one.